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Keith Moser

Associate Professor, Classical and Modern Languages and Literature

E-mail address: kam131@msstate.edu

Keith Moser is Associate Professor of French at Mississippi State University. He is the author of five books including The Encyclopedic Philosophy of Michel Serres: Writing the Modern World and Anticipating the Future(2016). Moser has also contributed nearly sixty essays to peer-reviewed publications representing many divergent fields including French and Francophone studies, environmental ethics, ecocriticism, ecolinguistics, biosemiotics, social justice, popular culture, and Maghrebi/Harki literature.

The Encyclopedic Philosophy of Michel Serres: Writing the Modern World and Anticipating the Future

Moser, Keith
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
ISBN: 9781681142340
ISSN: 978-1681142340

This monograph represents the first comprehensive study dedicated to the interdisciplinary French philosopher Michel Serres. As the title of this project unequivocally suggests, Serres's prolific body of work paints a rending portrait of what it means for a sentient being to live in the modern world. This book reflects Serres's profound conviction that "philosopher c'est anticiper"/ 'to philosophize (about something) is to anticipate' ("Philosophie Magazine"). According to Serres, a philosopher is someone who possesses an extremely broad base of knowledge coupled with the uncanny ability to envision what might transpire based upon his or her astute observations concerning phenomena that are already starting to unfold in a given society. Serres's explanation of what engaging in philosophical inquiry entails encourages us to imagine all of the present and future ramifications of certain trajectories that are clearly visible all around us. From 1968 to the present, Serres has been generating forceful, "prophetic" visions in his works that mingle philosophy, religion, theology, contemporary science, and literature. Keith Moser is Associate Professor of French at Mississippi State University. He is the author of four other books including A Practical Guide to French Harki Literature, J.M.G. Le Clezio: A Concerned Citizen of the Global Village, J.M.G. Le Clezio dans la foret des paradoxes (co-editor with Bruno Thibault), and 'Privileged Moments' in the Novels and Short Stories of J.M.G. Le Clezio: His Contemporary Development of a Traditional French Literary Device. Moser has also contributed approximately forty essays to peer-reviewed publications such as The French Review, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Romance Notes, Dalhousie French Studies, Les Cahiers Le Clezio, Modern Language Review, French Cultural Studies, Forum for Modern Language Studies (Oxford UP), Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford UP), and The Pennsylvania Literary Journal."

A Practical Guide to French Harki Literature

Moser, Keith
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739190098
ISSN: 978-0739190098

This interdisciplinary collection of essays unites researchers from many divergent fields in a common effort to explore the complexity, diversity, and paradoxes of French Harki literature. Given the growing body of literature written by, for, and about the Harkis, this project begins to fill a significant research gap. Although French Harki literature continues to evolve and diversify with each passing day, this book represents the first systematic attempt to delineate the significance of this emerging field within the larger context of Francophone literature, migration studies, and diaspora studies. Furthermore, the invaluable contributions of noted historians which open the volume offer an essential theoretical framework which places Harki literature in its appropriate historical context on both sides of the Mediterranean. As the title of this collection unequivocally implies, this volume was intentionally designed to foster meaningful collaboration with scholars from disciplines such as French/Francophone literature, history, anthropology, and sociology in a common effort to create intellectually rigorous essays which are also accessible to a broad audience. A Practical Guide to French Harki Literature is a much-needed point of departure that strives to encourage other researchers to contribute to the conversation regarding the past and present repercussions of the construction of the social group known as the Harkis.

J.-M. G. Le Clezio: dans la foret des paradoxes

Moser, Keith
Publisher: L'Harmattan
Collaborators: Bruno Thibault

The aim of this book is to reflect on the fundamental paradoxes J.-MG Le Clezio highlighted in his speech in Stockholm. The aim is also to examine the reception of the work in various parts of the world. The essays collected examine different types of paradoxes thematic, narrative style. Several articles raise the issue of positioning the author in the area of French literature and the movement of "world literature in French" in particular. Finally, an unpublished interview with Le Clezio just close this volume.

J.M.G. Le Clezio: A Concerned Citizen of the Global Village

Moser, Keith
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739172056

This monograph represents the first comprehensive study of the multifaceted representations of the complex phenomenon of globalization in the diverse repertoire of the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature. This interdisciplinary investigation explores the initial euphoria related to the ambivalent concept of the 'global village' and how this evaporated dream can perhaps be re-appropriated to create a better global society for both the human and Cosmic Other through the lens of Le Clezio's fiction. Chapter one offers a conceptual framework for understanding the Franco-Mauritian author's nuanced ideas concerning globalization. It also probes the original ambivalence of McLuhan's celebrated notion of a global village in addition to its euphoric reception. Chapter two explores the current state of the interconnected, interdependent modern world in which many disenfranchised and marginalized individuals are living a recurring nightmare. Chapter three examines Le Clezio's deconstruction of the simplistic ideology of consumerism that is indicative of contemporary consumer republics. This section also underscores the intricate systems of hegemonic domination, such as the media, created by the transnational corporations that dominate the global economic landscape to sustain their supremacy. Chapter four delves into Le Clezio's ecocentric humanism that extends to all other living creatures by debunking Manichean dualities that separate human beings from elemental matter and the rest of the universe. The final chapter examines recent texts, such as Raga, Ourania, and Histoire du pied et autres fantaisies, which encourage the reader to envision what a more just and egalitarian global village might encompass. These works dismiss neoliberal fantasies and consumerist ideology that have justified the systematic exploitation of everyone and everything in the name of progress, but they also urge the modern subject to be resilient in the face of tremendous adversity. Instead of accepting the imposition of a monolithic socioeconomic model that is riddled with inequality and injustice and which serves the interests of the Happy Few, Le Clezio appears to suggest that the first step is to resist integration into the global village by stoically confronting reality and having the necessary courage to propose another vision which counterpoints McLuhan's misguided one.

"Privileged moments" in the novels and short stories of J.M.G. Le Clezio : his contemporary development of a traditional French literary device

Moser, Keith
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
ISBN: 9780773450028

This is an original study of the 'privileged moment' as a key to understanding Le Clezio's literary works. Contemporary French author J.M.G. Le Clezio is one of the most respected and prolific writers of his era. In this specific investigation, the intricacies as well as the limitations and paradoxes of three distinct types of 'privileged moments' in Le Clezio's writings are methodologically explored. The author examines manifestations of these moments in the writings of earlier twentieth-century French writers such as Marcel Proust, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus. The work also charts Le Clezio's literary transformation, the inexplicable instances of euphoria of his characters in commune with nature, and ends with a systematic investigation of sexual ecstasy shared with an Other in Desert, Le Chercheur d'or, and La Quarantaine.

Moser, Keith. "Decentring and Rewriting the Universal Story of Humanity: The Cosmic Historiography of J.M.G. Le Clézio and Michel Serres" Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 22.2 (2018): 129-147.
Moser, Keith. "A Serresian Interpretation of Robinson's Philosophical and Spiritual Quest in Michel Tournier's Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique" The French Review 89.4 (2016): 106-121.
Moser, Keith. "The Curious Case of Le Clézio's Adam Pollo: Searching For an Existential Cure for the Clinical Disorder of Consumerism?" The EFL Journal 7.1 (2016): 13-29.
Moser, Keith. "Is Preserving Indigenous Languages and Cultures the Key to Avoiding the Impending Eco-Apocalypse?: An Ecolinguistic Reading of Le Clézio's Le Rêve Mexicain" Journal of Ecocriticism 7.1 (2015): 1-11.
Moser, Keith. "The Problematic Search for Happiness in the Realm of Signs: A Baudrillardian Reading of Georges Perec's Les Choses" International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 12.2 (2015): n.p..
Moser, Keith. "Reexamining Jean Giono's Ecocentric, Decentered Philosophy in the Pan Trilogy" Pennsylvania Literary Journal 7.1 (2015): 115-127.
Moser, Keith. "The American Ebola 'Crisis' Did Not Take Place: A Baudrillardian Interpretation of a Manufactured Pseudo-Event" Popular Culture Review 26.1 (2015): 102-109.
Moser, Keith. "The Ethical Summons Extended by Le Clézio's 'Martin' and Other Casualties of Peer-Victimization" Janus Head 13.2 (2015): 123-135.
Moser, Keith. "Deconstructing Consumerist Signs in an Era of Information: The Post-Semiotic Philosophy of Michel Serres and Jean Baudrillard" Pennsylvania Literary Journal 7.3 (2015): 94-122.
Moser, Keith. "An Ecolinguistic, Scientific, and Serresian Interpretation of Communication: The Importance of (Re)-Conceptualizing Language From a More Ecocentric Perspective" Language & Ecology June (2015): n.p..
Moser, Keith. "Searching for Cosmic Signs in the Real: A Baudrillardian Interpretation of J.M.G. Le Clézio's L'Inconnu sur la Terre." Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics 37.1-2 (2014): 79-84.
Moser, Keith. "The Fiction of Michel Serres: Writing the Beauty, Fragility, and Complexity of the Universe" The French Review 88.2 (2014): 33-46.
Moser, Keith. "The Eco-Philosophy of Michel Serres and J.M.G. Le Clézio: Launching a Battle Cry to Save the Imperiled Earth" ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 21.2 (2014): 413-440.
Moser, Keith. "The Symbolic Representation of Subversion as a Mental Illness: A Foucauldian reading of Le Clézio's Le Procès-Verbal" Journal of Romance Studies 14.1 (2014): 90-105.
Moser, Keith. "(Re)-Connecting to the Material Universe: The Scientific, Philosophical, and Spiritual Significance of Malcolm de Chazal and J.M.G. Le Clézio's Cosmogonic Quest" Pennsylvania Literary Journal 6.1 (2014): 61-78.
Moser, Keith. "Lena Dunham and Her Simulated (CGI) Double: A Baudrillardian Interpretation of the Photoshop Controversy" Magazine Americana July (2014): n.p..
Moser, Keith. "An Exploration of Foucauldian Disciplinary Power in Alain Tasma and Dalila Kerchouche's film Harkis (2006)" Pennsylvania Literary Journal 6.3 (2014): 57-71.
Moser, Keith. "The Eco-Philosophy of Michel Serres and J.M.G. Le Clézio: Launching a Battle Cry to Save the Imperiled Earth" ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 21.2 (2014): 413-440.
Moser, Keith. "(Re)-Awakening the Senses in Le Clézio's L'Inconnu sur la terre and Serres's Les Cinq Sens" Forum for Modern Language Studies 50.3 (2014): 341-355.
Moser, Keith. "A Baudrillardian Exploration of Two Victims of Hyper-Real, Erotic Simulations in the film Don Jon" Studies in Popular Culture 37.1 (2014): 75-92.
Moser, Keith. "A 'Better Life'? : The Universal Deception of Immigrants in the Narratives of Driss Chraïbi and J.M.G. Le Clézio" International Journal of Francophone Studies 16.1-2 (2013): 9-26.
Moser, Keith. "The Ubiquity of the Simulated Object That Has Consumed the Modern Subject: The Problematic Search for Happiness and Identity in a Globalized, Hyper-real World" International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 11.1 (2013): n.p..
Moser, Keith. "J.M.G. Le Clézio and Baruch Spinoza: Understanding and Accepting the 'God' of Material Reality" Enthymema: Revista Internazionale di Critica 9 (2013): 231-240.
Moser, Keith. "Breaking the Silence or Using it to Speak? : An Exploration of Silence as a Literary Device in Four Harki Narratives" French Cultural Studies 24.1 (2013): 44-62.
Moser, Keith. "Franco-Maghrebi Rap and Benyoucef's Le Nom du père" CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.4 (2013): n.p..
Moser, Keith. "Teaching Le Clézio and his forest of paradoxes" The EFL Journal 31 (2012): 15-31.
Moser, Keith. "Le Clézio's Martin and His Religion of Ecstasy" Moderna språk 106.1 (2012): 115-126.
Moser, Keith. "J.M.G. Le Clézio's Urban Phantoms and the Paradox of Invisibility" Modern Language Review 106.3 (2011): 724-744.
Moser, Keith. "(Re)-Attaching Truth to the Physical Realities of the Universe: Antonin Artaud and J.M.G. Le Clézio's Philosophical Quest" Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics 34.1-2 (2011): 83-104.
Moser, Keith. "Penser et vivre l'interculturel: La naissance de la FIP à Maurice" Les Cahiers Le Clézio 3.4 (2011): 41-46.
Moser, Keith. "Le Clézio et 'l'Effet Nobel' aux Etats-Unis" in "La réception internationale du prix Nobel" Special Supplement of Les Cahiers Le Clézio 3.4 (2011): 268-270.
Moser, Keith. "The De-centered Humanism and Cosmic Engagement of J.M.G. Le Clézio: Posing Questions in an Age of Suspicion" Sprachkunst: Beiträge zur Literaturwissenschaft 42.1 (2011): 111-129.
Moser, Keith. "The Poignant Combination of Beauty and Horror in the Aesthetic Representations of the Holocaust in Lanzmann's Shoah and Le Clézio's Etoile Errante" Dalhousie French Studies 92 (2010): 75-84.
Moser, Keith. "Rending Moments of Material Ecstasy in the Meditative Essays of Two Nobel Laureates: Le Clézio and Camus" Romance Notes 49.1 (2009): 13-21.